Fort De Soto Park - Best Beaches in the USA

Pristine Area Favorite Lauded as “Portrait of Tranquility”. Fort De Soto Park was named America’s Top Beach for the second consecutive year by TripAdvisor, the world's largest online travel community. Citing a “spectacular combination of soft white sand, calm, clear water and a laid-back atmosphere,” the popular online travel network put the park’s North Beach at the top of its annual best-of list, based on TripAdvisor's Popularity Index. This marks the second time in three years the pristine Pinellas County beach has received top honors on an annual “best-of” list. In 2005 Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a.k.a. “Dr. Beach,” named Fort De Soto the nation’s #1 Beach.

Beaches are the number one recreational destination for Americans. These sandy playgrounds that line our coasts are the most extensive natural parks in the country.

The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands. First opened on December 21, 1962, when the state toll road named the Pinellas Bayway was completed, this park was dedicated May 11, 1963, in perpetuity as a public park.Annual park attendance averages more than 2.7 million visitors.

The 12-inch mortar battery, located at the fort for which the park was named, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Adding to the historical interest at Fort De Soto, two British breech-loading, rapid-fire rifles of 1890 vintage were installed in March 1982.
Fort De Soto Park has excellent camping facilities. These park campgrounds are among the best in the state. Enjoy the finest Florida RV camping, with hookups and everything you need. Your kids can fish while you can watch from a lawn chair right at the door of your RV. Or enjoy beach camping in a tent, just steps away from a sand beach. If you wish, break up your day with a quick trip into St. Petersburg. Some of Florida's greatest attractions are within minutes from your campsite! That's how camping should be done! Campground information is available by calling: (727) 893-9185.

Fort Desoto Park - Website
3500 Pinellas Bayway S.
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Park Office: (727) 552-1862
Campground Office: (727) 893-9185

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This listing of the Fort De Soto Park as one of Best Beaches in the United States is constantly being revised. Currently, Fort De Soto Park is number 3 on our USA list (number 2 on our Florida list). So, if you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!